Thursday, July 4, 2013

1307.0503 (Paolo Creminelli et al.)

The Physical Squeezed Limit: Consistency Relations at Order q^2    [PDF]

Paolo Creminelli, Ashley Perko, Leonardo Senatore, Marko Simonović, Gabriele Trevisan
In single-field models of inflation the effect of a long mode with momentum q reduces to a diffeomorphism at zeroth and first order in q. This gives the well-known consistency relations for the n-point functions. At order q^2 the long mode has a physical effect on the short ones, since it induces curvature, and we expect that this effect is the same as being in a curved FRW universe. In this paper we verify this intuition in various examples of the three-point function, whose behaviour at order q^2 can be written in terms of the power spectrum in a curved universe. This gives a simple alternative understanding of the level of non-Gaussianity in single-field models. Non-Gaussianity is always parametrically enhanced when modes freeze at a physical scale k_{ph, f} shorter than H: f_{NL} \sim (k_{ph, f}/H)^2.
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